'Are we only doing tweets like this for black events?' Stormzy in race jibe at Met over Notting Hill Carnival drugs raids

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Grime star Stormzy launched a barbed attack on Scotland Yard chiefs after police carried out drugs raids across London ahead of Notting Hill Carnival.

The 24-year-old rapper, real name Michael Omari, was responding to a picture posted on the Met Police’s official account which showed a kilo of heroin seized during dawn raids.

In a series of tweets, he wrote: “How many drugs did you lot seize in the run up to Glastonbury or we only doing tweets like this for black events?”

“Genuine question,” he added.

The Met had posted the picture with the caption: “In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival, officers have this morning seized what is believed to be a kilo of uncut heroin in Catford.” 

The force had carried out a series of raids in Kensington, Notting Hill, Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Wandsworth and Lewisham.

Up to two million people will flock to Carnival this weekend (Getty Images)

More than 30 people were arrested and drugs and weapons were seized in a bid to target troublemakers ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend event, the world’s second largest carnival after Rio de Janeiro.

Since August 11, officers have made more than 290 other arrests for a variety of offences and recovered 190 knives and 18 firearms, Scotland Yard said. 

The Croydon-born rapper’s tweet divided opinion with some people accusing the Met of “smearing” Carnival, while others argued that they had faced thorough drugs searches when entering Glastonbury and other festivals across the UK. 

Police Make Drug Raids Ahead of Notiing Hill Carnival

One man said there were “seven hour queues to get into Glastonbury due to increased drug searches this year”.

But another named William wrote: “I see where you’re coming from but V Fest had high security checks as well. Had to take every item out my bag with everything being checked.”

But Dan Chirwa replied: “Again that has nothing to do with anything has it. The point is the Met drawing a link where there is none to smear an event they don’t like.”

Another person tweeted: “It s*** how they focus on crime at Notting Hill Carnival. How much crime goes down on a Saturday at the football. No mention of that.”

A man tweeting under the name Kaza said: “At least I wasn’t the only one who thought about this”, while the Alkebulan Trust replied saying: “Thank you for speaking up about this.”

Two million people from around the world are expected to attend the festival which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. 

The Standard has contacted the Met Police for comment.


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